Abia Warriors head coach, Ladan Bosso, believes the lack of experience of his players was responsible for the 3-0 defeat against Dolphins in their Glo Premier League tie at the Liberation Stadium on Wednesday.
Bosso blamed his players for not playing to instructions and lacking confidence, having just gained promotion to the top flight.
"It was a good game, but my players ignored our tactics. They didn't play to our instructions," he told Supersport.com.
"All the goals we conceded were avoidable. We must go back to the drawing board and make corrections.
"We are just coming up. They have to improve their level of confidence on the ball and how they support their teammates.
"We just have to be patient with them till they get it right.
"You will see the best of Abia Warriors in the second round of the league."
Ebube Okpokwu and Jonathan Zikiye scored in the 21st and 45th minutes respectively, leaving Abia Warriors with a mountain to climb in the second half.
The visitors raised their game in the second period, but Dolphins seemed to have things under control and deservedly added a third on 89 minutes, when Emem Eduok's cross was deflected into his own net by Austin Obaroakpo.
Dolphins manager Stanley Eguma said his team played one of their best games of the season.
"It is nice to win well again as we have found it difficult at home recently," he told Supersport.com.
"It was much easier today (Wednesday) as we were able to score three goals.
"Abia Warriors gave us a good fight, particularly in the second half.
"I commend my players for being able to find their rhythm after some very difficult matches."
He added: "The season has just started and the team is still work in progress.
"The fact that we could score three today means there's an improvement.
"I hope the players will sustain the momentum or even do better in subsequent outings."
Culled from www.supersport.com